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Benefits of rushing into kicks
- You may avoid the striking surface by stepping at an angle to the inside or outside of the kick. Stepping inside a kick may set you up for close-range counterattacks or a clinch. Stepping outside a kick may set you up for a rear choke or a takedown.
- You may jam the kick by stopping or slowing its forward movement. Sometimes, you may jam the kick while it is chambered so the opponent never gets to fire it.
- Many fighters drop their guard while kicking, which leaves them open for numerous counterattacks. Remember hand are not used in kicking; they are used to guard, block, and attack
- Even if a kick catches you halfway in, it does not matter since the kick will not have enough power to hurt you and your momentum and mass will push the opponent off-balance. During this moment of off-balance when the opponent trying to regain balance, he or she is vulnerable to numerous counterattacks. Absorbing a weak kick to have the opportunity to deliver many strong punches and kicks is a risk worth taking.
- When the rules allow grabbing, you may grab the leg and follow up with a takedown or counterattack. If the rules do not allow grabbing, an upward scooping block will unbalance the attacker and leave him or her vulnerable to counterattacks.